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    Cinema Xenon Lamps

    Everyone enjoys going to the cinema to see the latest films. Today, digital projection is revolutionizing the way people experience the movies. Who can forget the powerful images from 3D films?


    These images are made possible by digital projection systems equipped with digital cinema lamps. Our lamps are used worldwide to light movie screens for the entertainment of Millions of people. Our Digital Cinema lamps are officially certified and approved for use in Barco, NEC and Sony projectors. In addition to high product quality and reliability, our dedicated team of well-trained technical specialists, sales and customer support officers is fully committed to delivering you the best service in the cinema industry.

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    Precision engineering

    At our factory, dedicated to the development and production of Cinema Xenon lamps, we employ only the most highly qualified operators to produce all our short arc digital lamps. Together with expertise from our glass manufacturing and engineering specialists in other divisions of Philips, this ensures our lamps are manufactured to the highest quality.

    All our lamps are US-made with the utmost precision, employing the latest technologies and techniques. From the electrodes and connectors to clever sealing technologies, just ten to twelve specialists will be involved in the manufacture of a typical lamp. Each lamp is individually tested to check that it ignites properly and that its electrical characteristics meet the specifications. 100% Inspections are built into the manufacturing process at multiple stages to ensure its highest quality before it is released. Moreover, the latest vision systems are employed to provide active operator feedback to ensure complete uniformity. Extensive training and certification is required before our operators can produce digital cinema lamps.
    Building lamp seal assembly. Multiple layers of glass with different expansion coefficients are built up under vision system guidance, to allow the seal to compensate for the difference in expansion rates between quartz and tungsten.

    Lamp sealing process. The electrode assemblies are inserted into the lamp envelope and the quartz material is fused together to provide a strong, gas-tight seal.



    Building lamp seal assembly.

    Building lamp seal assembly. Multiple layers of glass with different expansion coefficients are built up under vision system guidance, to allow the seal to compensate for the difference in expansion rates between quartz and tungsten.
    Operator sealing a xenon lamp.

    Operator sealing a xenon lamp. Most lamp manufacturing operations are performed on specialized glassworking lathes.
    Overview of lamp sealing operation

    Overview of lamp sealing operation, showing vision systems which provide real time feedback to the operator of arc gap and electrode concentricity.


    The thickness of the electrode glass seal assemblies are 100% inspected using a high accuracy digital microscope, to ensure all assemblies are built within specification.

    Philips Cinema Xenon lamps  are 100% tested

    Lamp sealing process. The quartz glass is heated red hot during an annealing step to remove stress.


    Installation of metal fittings on the end of the lamp. The metal fittings are unique to each model of digital and film projector and are held in place by compression rings. The dimension from the cathode end base and cathode tip is carefully controlled to ensure the cathode tip is in the focal point of the reflectors inside the projector.


    Close-up of lamp Xenon gas filling process.


    Philips Cinema lamps are fully covered by the best warranty in the cinema industry. Please contact your local Philips representative for warranty coverage and procedure.


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    Why our customers work with us

    Worldwide approval


    Philips Cinema Xenon lamps have been specially designed to provide the optimum performance from today’s digital projection equipment. All our lamps are certified and approved for use in Barco, NEC and Sony projectors.


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    “The key to our success is to partner with companies who are proactive rather than reactive. We appreciate the support we get from Philips and consider them a valuable partner.”


    Dan Huerta, VP Digital Cinema Technology at AMC Theatres

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    As distributor of one of the biggest cinema chains in Puerto Rico, Carribean Cinemas, we are fully committed to making each visit to our theater special. It is definitely with reason that we have reached almost 100% conversion to Digital Cinema. As part of our commitment to create the best cinema experience, we have taken several months to assess the quality of the Philips Digital Cinema Xenon lamps. During this extensive testing we have concluded that the Philips Digital Cinema Xenon lamps offer the best quality and value for money in the market. Moreover, the recently improved cathode has further increased their luminosity. Without doubt this has resulted into a strong partnership that is already lasting for more than eight years.


    Vilma Benitez, Vice President of Operations - Miami, Florida

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    "Specialized in Cinema and AV-technology, we have gained a reputation for offering the best quality level and know-how. Not only do we personally commit to this, but also require the same from our suppliers. Lamps are a key component of cinema projectors. Long lifetime, constant high brightness, reliability and meaningful innovations are all important aspects for a seamless movie projection and satisfied customers. In Philips we have found a reliable and competent partner on all aspects, sharing our passion for moving images."


    Philips LightVibes


    Philips LightVibes® transforms the cinema experience by bringing new excitement and impact to musical performances, live broadcasts, feature films, advertising, and other on-screen content.


    LightVibes is a revolutionary innovation that delivers compelling, subtle ambient lighting to every viewer’s peripheral vision, intensifying the experience of watching on-screen content while enhancing the architectural qualities of the auditorium; music, film, events, advertising – LightVibes makes it all feel real.


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    Cinema Xenon 

    Xenon lamp replacement

    Discover our instructional series on how to replace and align Cinema Xenon lamps in various projectors.


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    Find the right lamp for your projector

    Philips Digital Cinema Xenon lamps are customized by projector model to provide the lowest Total Cost of Ownership in either 2D or 3D applications. They are the ultimate choice for the most demanding requirements of today's digital cinema projectors.

    Find out which Philips Digital Cinema Xenon lamp offers the best fit and lowest total cost of ownership for your equipment.


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    Creating new value together

    Find your nearest distributor or partner

    The Philips Cinema Xenon lamps can be obtained via our distribution network. There is always a distributor near you.


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    Philips Cinema lamps news


    New releases: XDC 2001C and XDC 2000N

    Two new xenon lamp models have been released. They are specifically designed for the NEC NC2000C and NC1200C and the Christie CP2210 and CP2215 digital cinema projectors. The XDC 2001C for the Christie application has a maximum power of 2 kW and the longest warranty in the industry at 1100 hours. The XDC 2000N for the NEC application has a maximum power of 2 kW and a full warranty of 2400 hours. Both lamps feature exceptional arc stability and robust construction for high reliability. These new models further extend the Philips range of digital cinema xenon lamps.






    In April, Philips had a major presence at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, the largest cinema exhibition trade show and conference of the year. At this show, Philips introduced its new XDC 6501B lamp for the Barco DP2K-32B and DP4K-32B digital cinema projectors. This lamp model boasts the industry’s longest 100% warranty at 600 hours and features an extremely wide operating power range to accommodate a variety of screen sizes.


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    Updated digital cinema xenon lamps range brochure

    New Philips XDC 2000N lamp for NEC projectors

    New Philips XDC 2001C lamp for Christie projectors